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ISKOLAVÁLASZTÁS ÉS KÉTNYELVŰSÉG. KOLOZS MEGYEI NYOLCADIKOS DIÁKOK TOVÁBBTANULÁSI TERVEI
SCHOOL CHOICE AND BILINGUALISM

Author(s): Erzsébet Gergely
Subject(s): Sociolinguistics, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: school choice; bilingualism; minority existence; multilingualism;
Summary/Abstract: Minority existence involves bilingualism or multilingualism, which permeates everyday life and its numerous decisions. This time, we examine the motivations in school choice of the eighth-grade students and their parents from Cluj County, especially form a linguistic point of view. How is bilingualism reflected in school choice? Whose decision is that where and in what language children continue their studies? In what manner does the linguistic factor influence the decisions of the students and those of their parents? What impact does this have on the functioning and possible decline of the Hungarian educational network in Cluj? These questions are very important every year in terms of school enrolment plans (and not only): for how many Hungarian classes is there demand in certain settlements of the county; what “flows” are taking place during the move from secondary school to high school?